Arlyn L. (Butch) Plowman and Pearle L. King were married in St. Albans, Vermont, on Nov. 24, 1967. They honeymooned at Mount Airy Lodge in Pennsylvania’s Poconos. At the time Arlyn was in the U.S. Air Force, and Pearle was working at Kerbs Memorial Hospital (Now Northwest Medical Center).
In 1968, they moved to Montana and the Gallatin Valley where Arlyn grew up. He worked at the Trident cement plant and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU. In 1983 they moved to Helena.
Arlyn retired in 2012 after a thirty year career in various aspects of labor and employment relations working for the Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union, the Montana State AFL-CIO, Montana School Boards Association and the state of Montana. Pearle was involved with hospice as an employee and volunteer.
They raised three daughters, Darla (James) McCarthy, of Olathe, Kansas, Tracie (LeRoy) Dagenais, of Nampa, Idaho, and Tara (Andrew) Scott, of Freeland, Washington. They brag about their nine grandchildren and fawn over four great-grandchildren.
Since retirement they have towed their travel trailer 50,000 miles through 41 states. They are active members of Helena First Presbyterian Church.
This past July they, along with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, celebrated 50 years enjoying a week at Snowbird Resort in Utah.